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Man charged with stealing woman's purse, stealing car with baby inside

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:58:50 PDT

A man recently released from state prison has been charged with a robbery in which a woman tried to stop him by leaping onto the hood of his car.

Frederic Mordon, 35, was arrested Thursday after several people close to him identified him as the man seen on video stealing a $300 black Kate Spade...


Destry accused of changing robber's sentence in exchange for campaign help

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:12:00 PDT

Broward Circuit Judge Matthew I. Destry suspended a strong-arm robber's 60-year prison sentence in exchange for help with his failed re-election campaign, according to formal charges filed Thursday by the state's judicial watchdog agency.

The charges are unlikely to be resolved before Destry, who...


Hurricane Matthew reaches Category 2 strength; too early to tell if it will affect Florida

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:35:00 PDT

Hurricane Matthew strengthened overnight to a Category 2 storm as it moves through the Caribbean. 

It is still unclear as to whether the storm would bear down on South Florida.

Early Friday the storm's maximum sustained winds increased to 100 mph, according to the latest update from the National...


Trial over Plantation Christmas display to resume Friday

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:58:00 PDT

The city of Plantation's fight in court against a family's massive Christmas display will go on for longer than expected.

Although Broward Circuit Judge Marina Garcia-Woods had expected the non-jury trial to wrap up Thursday, she announced it would extend into a fourth day Friday.

The city is suing...


Broward School Board hits hard at Runcie in his evaluation

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:14:12 PDT

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie has plenty of room for improvement, the School Board has determined.

Runcie has received the most critical evaluation of his five-year tenure, with three of nine School Board members giving him an overall rating of "needs improvement" and two others giving...


Lauderdale Lakes city manager on his way out

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:58:58 PDT

City Manager Kelvin Baker won't be sticking around, even though it looked for awhile like he would.

Commissioners had agreed to reconsider their newly approved city budget in an effort to keep Baker.

They had cut out three positions —including an assistant city manager — that Baker called critical...


Three Broward County Court seats up for grabs in runoffs

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:58:00 PDT

Voters have an unusual choice, between a former judge and a sitting judge, in one of the three nonpartisan races for the Broward County Court bench that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

In Group 7, voters can choose the incumbent, who has been in office for a year and a half, or her opponent,...


Man suspected of stealing more than $300K in property from homes tented for fumigation, Hollywood police say

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:43:07 PDT

As if creepy crawly pests weren't enough, along came a two-legged one.

Derek Lavon Bell, 38, is suspected of sneaking into homes tented for pest control and stealing more than $300,000 worth of property, Hollywood police said.

Investigators say 23 people from cities including Hollywood, Pembroke...


Drug informant nets $1.5 million for undercover work over 31 years, records show

Sat, 1 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Snitching for the feds can be dangerous work, but it also can be pretty lucrative.

One South Florida man who has been working undercover as a confidential informant for 31 years has been paid about $1.5 million for his efforts, according to court records and testimony that shed some light on the...


5 hopefuls in crowded race for Hollywood’s District 1 seat

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:56:00 PDT

Five political rookies are competing in a crowded race to replace Commissioner Patty Asseff, who is leaving her District 1 seat to run for mayor.

Attorney Victor DeBianchi, restaurateur Debra Case, City Hall agitator Itzhack Feldman, attorney Stacey Kotzen and retired pilot Luis Humberto Prada...


Asseff, Levy and Sobel in running to take over as mayor of Hollywood

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:30:00 PDT

With longtime Mayor Peter Bober not seeking re-election, three hopefuls have lined up to take his place: real estate agent Patty Asseff, attorney Josh Levy and veteran politician Eleanor Sobel.

Depending on what happens Nov. 8, Hollywood's seven-member commission could have five new faces. Three...


Seminole Tribe chairman Billie ousted from office by unanimous vote

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:51:00 PDT

James Billie, the former alligator wrestler who built the Seminole Tribe of Florida into a major business enterprise, has once again been removed from office after the tribe's members moved to recall him.

The Seminole Tribal Council, the tribe's governing body, voted unanimously to oust its chairman...


Broward Health rejects tax increase, considers impact of audit problem

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:18:00 PDT

The Broward Health board rejected a property tax increase Wednesday and learned the potentially severe consequences of its recent decision to dismiss the public hospital system's accounting firm.

The board voted 4-1 against a staff proposal for a 7.2 percent tax increase, agreeing to keep taxes...


Hollywood 'not out of woods yet,' manager says at budget hearing

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:01:27 PDT

Homeowners will pay a slightly lower tax rate and a higher fire fee under a $239.4 million budget approved unanimously Wednesday night.

In June, city officials were anticipating a $20 million shortfall, exacerbated by rising pension and health care costs.

"We are not out of the woods yet," City...


Attempted murder suspect denied bond after allegedly setting wife on fire

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:04:00 PDT

A Broward County judge denied bond Wednesday for a man who police say doused his estranged wife with gasoline and set her on fire.

"These facts shock the conscience of the court," Broward County Judge Michael Davis told Noel Garcia de Armas, 47, of Miami. Garcia de Armas' lawyers may seek bond...


Margate man accused of sexual battery of a child

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:49:18 PDT

A 38-year-old man is acccused of sexually abusing a child in Margate, police said.

Michael Thomas Swayze, of Margate, is charged with sex assault/sex battery on a victim under 12 years of age and lewd and lascivious behavior/molestation on a victim under 12 years of age.

Authorities, including...


Homeowner in tears on second day of trial over Plantation Christmas display

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:36:00 PDT

The thought of Christmas jeer brought Kathy Hyatt to tears.

The Plantation woman cried on the witness stand Wednesday as she told a judge that the city's restrictions on her family's large Christmas display has left visitors in a bind.

The holiday display, staged at her home at 11201 NW 14th St.,...


Pompano Beach official may face charges, report says

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:24:00 PDT

A Pompano Beach city commissioner could face charges he illegally profited from his 2014 campaign, if findings from the Broward Inspector General move forward.

In a final report issued Wednesday, the Inspector General found probable cause that Commissioner Rex Hardin's print shop improperly charged...


Sunrise homeowners to see slight increase in tax rate to pay parks bond

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:42:02 PDT

Homeowners will pay a slightly higher tax rate but the same $199.50 fire fee under a $122 million budget that won commission approval Wednesday night.

With property values in Sunrise increasing by 8.5 percent, homeowners can expect to see higher tax bills next year.

Sunrise residents will continue...


Tropical Storm Matthew forms, could be a hurricane by Friday

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:38:44 PDT

Tropical Storm Matthew formed in the Atlantic Ocean just east of the Caribbean Sea on Wednesday morning and was heading west. The storm is expected to meet hurricane-friendly conditions in the Caribbean, where it will strengthen and likely turn to the north. By Friday, it could be a hurricane,...


Fort Lauderdale officer could get 20-day suspension for slapping homeless man

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:26:13 PDT

A police officer who smacked a homeless man he was evicting from the downtown bus terminal last year faces a 20-day unpaid suspension for violating department policies.

An internal affairs investigation has concluded that Officer Victor Ramirez used excessive force and unnecessary vulgar language....


Wife of NFL's Lawrence Taylor spends weekend in jail

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:56:00 PDT

The wife of former NFL star Lawrence Taylor spent the weekend in jail to resolve a domestic violence charge she faced after she struck her husband in the back of his head during a June argument, court records show.

Lynette Taylor, 43, pleaded no contest on Sept. 13 to one count of simple battery...


José Fernández invited other Marlins to hang out in hours before tragic deaths, friends say

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:12:00 PDT

In the hours before José Fernández and two other men died in a tragic boating accident, the beloved pitcher invited several of his teammates to hang out with him after the team beat the Atlanta Braves late Saturday night.

"He invited everybody," said Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, one of the...


Trial begins in case of Plantation vs. Christmas display

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:12:07 PDT

Which will prevail? The joy of the masses eager to see a large Christmas display? Or the public safety that police say will result from shutting it down?

Those are arguments heard by a judge Tuesday, as the city of Plantation tries to curtail a residential Christmas display by a court order.



Teen caught in stolen Lexus charged with burglarizing homes in Pompano Beach

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:15:00 PDT

A teen driving around in a stolen Lexus Monday was caught with jewelry, credit cards and a tablet that linked him to four home burglaries in Pompano Beach, authorities said.

Ali Dukes, 18, of Deerfield Beach, was arrested Monday afternoon after he was spotted inside a gray Lexus that had been reported...